Recent News

ARS Sophomores Place as Finalists in National Architecture Competition
Sophomores Asha Mani and Cypress Lefebre were named finalists in the Tiny Victories architectural design competition. This competition featured submissions from architects throughout the country, all aiming to provide a home for the homeless by creating innovative, affordable, and efficient housing in Austin.
Youth & Government Takes State in Mock Trials
The Stars Youth & Government team competed at state and claimed the state championship in Mock Trials, received the Model UN Distinguished Delegate award, and had top awards for Student Judge, Student Attorney and received the award as the Premier Delegation for representing the Ann Richards School in an esteemed manner (meeting deadlines, being on... Read more »
Orchestra Advances to State in Solo and Ensemble
The Stars Orchestra competed in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest with all twelve participants receiving a rating of Excellent or Superior, the highest two ratings. One ensemble qualified for the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in May. This will be the First time the Stars Orchestra participates for state!
Director of Middle Grades, Texanna Turner Retires
Texanna Turner, Director of Middle Grades at the Ann Richards School, was honored with an all-school assembly, STARWALK, and reception as a small token of thanks for her 30 years of service in the Austin Independent School District.
ARS Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to the Ann Richards School Teacher of the Year Ella Miesner!
Author Sharon Draper Visits ARS
Best selling author Sharon Draper visited the Ann Richards School on Tuesday, January 13th to visit with middle school students about her new book Stella by Starlight. She also spoke about life as an author and answered questions about her other books like Out of My Mind, Copper Sun, and Jericho Blues.
Holland Taylor Donates Broadway Poster to ARS
On Friday morning, January 9th, the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders was presented with a poster from the Broadway show ANN – the Ann Richards Play from the Emmy Award and Tony Award nominated actress Holland Taylor. The poster was up outside of the Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater for over 150 shows.
#HourOfCode Week
Our Stars had a video chat with Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, on Monday December 8th to kick off the #HourOfCode week at Ann Richards. All 764 students will join millions across the world through participating in 60 minutes of coding for the project Hour Of Code. Google and Microsoft are teaming up with the... Read more »
Astronaut Visits ARS
NASA Astronaut Dr. Karen Nyberg visited the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, and presented Life on the ISS (International Space Station); Investing in Our Future to all high school students at the Ann Richards School. Dr. Nyberg spoke about her journey to becoming an astronaut and life as... Read more »
ARS at PLTW Summit
The Ann Richards School was one of a handful of schools selected to present at the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Summit in Indianapolis on November 3rd. Three of our Project Ventura juniors, PLTW teacher Ms. Josephson, and Assistant Principal Ms. Wiersema presented to 1300 educators from across the country during the summit.
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